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Introduction: 1. The background; 2. Tacitus' career; 3. The Agricola; 4. Fame; 5. The state of oratory; 6. The Dialogus; 7. Authenticity; 8. Date of composition; 9. The style of the work; 10. The lay-out of the Dialogus; 11. Characters and characterization; 12. The transmission of the text; CORNELI TACITI DIALOGVS DE ORATORIBVS; Commentary.

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An edition of Tacitus' work on oratory, with a substantial introduction and commentary.


'... a welcome introduction and commentary on the least studied Tacitean writing, the Dialogus de oratoribus.' Acta Philologica Fennica '... the best text yet produced of the Dialogus.' Scholia '... the commentary is a most elegant piece of work ...'. Journal of Roman Studies

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